Odessa Violin Fest: Andrej Below and Hobart Earle
You are invited to the festive extravaganza this December at the Odessa Philharmonic! December 17, the second concert of the Christmas cycle with the bright violinist Andrej Below.
The programme of the concert includes the most virtuoso whims of Paganini and the Faustian theme in the works of Wagner (Overture “Faust”) and Venyavsky (Fantasy on the theme of “Faust” Gounod). The programme is led by Hobart Earle, the ideological inspirer of the Christmas concert series.
Born in 1981 in the Ukraine, Andrej has developed as one of the leading Ukrainian musicians of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded over 20 CD albums for Naxos, CPO, Avi-Music, Hänssler Classics, Hänssler-Profil, Guttingi, Solo Musica, Genuin, Hyperion and Rakete Media.
As a soloist he collaborated with such renowned orchestras as the New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Radio France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Kyiv Philharmonic and Münchner Kammerorchester under the baton of established conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gianandrea Noseda, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Christian Arming, Agnieszka Duzcmal, Junichi Hirokami und Christoph Poppen, Enrique Mazzola to name a few of them.
He received his first violin lessons at the age of five and in 1993 attended the special music boarding school in Kyiv. Having recognised his talent, Prof. Michael Kusnetsov took the eleven-year-old boy into his family and guided his further musical education. Already at an early age, Andrej started to perform at carefully selected concerts in Europe and USA.
At the age of 15, Andrej settled in Germany to study with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover. Further study followed with Gerard Poulet in Paris, Herman Krebbers, Ida Haendel, Ana Chumachenko and more recently Alfred Brendel.
Andrej Bielow has devoted much of his career to chamber music, of which he is a passionate advocate. He has appeared at the following Festivals: Schleswig-Holstein, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Rheingau, Kuhmo, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Ryedale, Macau and many others.
Since 2014, Andrej joined the violin faculty at the University of Arts in Graz and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, Asia and USA. In 2005, together with jazz-guitarist Johan Weiss, he founded the MBF Foundation (Musik braucht Freunde), which has provided financial support for over 130 needy students at the University of Music and Drama, Hanover. Since 2013, Andrej Bielow has become a regular visiting teacher delivering classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Andrej plays the violin “ex Flesch”, built in 1745 by Lorenzo Guadagnini.